Can The Struts Save Rock ‘n Roll?

The Struts performing at the BB&T pavilion on 05.18.19

While some of today’s music is still searching for an identity, The Struts know exactly who they are, and have no problem showing it. The Struts played to 20,000 music fans on Saturday at a Philadelphia sponsored radio event. As the air raid siren filled the venue, those familiar with the band knew what was about to happen as they cheered in anticipation. The Struts ever growing fan base were dressed in their best glitter to show appreciation for one of the hardest working bands out there today. It couldn’t be that they already opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and the Foo Fighters, or appeared on numerous television shows around the globe, even fellow performer on this day Chris Jericho of Fozzy said “They are the future of Rock n Roll.” 

In support of their Interscope Record release, Young & Dangerous, the band emerged to take their places on a new stage filled with risers and panels. Guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott surrounded drummer Gethin Davies to start the intro chords to “Primadonna Like You”, and out came lead singer Luke Spiller bursting onto the stage like he was shot out of a cannon, waving to the audience and dancing (Cue the colorful stage lights, the journey has officially begun).

The Struts

Despite an abbreviated set list (11 songs), it was evenly dispersed between Young & Dangerous, and their debut album, Everybody Wants, with the band’s hit single “One Night Only” splitting the two. There was much more interaction between Jed and Adam with Geth on drums as they seem to enjoy performing on the new risers.  It was a high energy set as Luke controlled the audience like a glittering lion tamer. Speaking of Luke, he is a mixture of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury all wrapped in one and equally talented. A true showman, Luke fills the stage with constant high energy, he knows when to turn the attention to the other band mates at times when the musical punch in a song is happening. Adam provided extended riffs like an updated Jimmy Page, while Geth and Jed quickly became sweat covered providing the breakneck pace for what is most of The Struts songs.  So, can The Struts save Rock ‘n Roll?  Yes, and with flair!! 

The Struts Setlist

The 2019 Young & Dangerous Tour continues worldwide, you really need to visit their website HERE to see when they will be playing near you.

Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman

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